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nineteen people injured after a mother's day parade in new orleans is sprayed with bullets a manhunt currently under way. up a fresh case for foreign intervention in syria off the blaming damascus for a deadly cross border bombing. awaits the latest cash injection from brussels we look at how three years of chasing a bail out has got to the greek economy.
a very good morning to you from all of us here at the moscow. life in the russian capital where it's now it just after eleven am. at least nineteen people including two ten year old children have been wounded during a shooting at a mother's day parade in new orleans it's thought up to three gunmen may have opened fire among the crowds details now from washington and. new orleans was celebrating mother's day with over three hundred people participating in a parade police say three individuals are believed to be responsible for starting a shootout two four of the wounded though are believed to be in critical condition another public and another tragedy there is a manhunt underway for the three suspects who police believe have managed to escape one of them is reportedly wounded in the same way as investigators of the boston marathon bombings appealed for crowd sourced photographs new orleans police have urged anyone with any photographs of the parade to step forward so just in boston
the police are drawing the public into the manhunt certainly putting your by neighborhoods on high alert police are going door to door in search for suspects and of course everyone is hopeful that they will find them but at the same time many are looking at these recent public events which are gone terribly wrong in thinking where the law enforcement can really provide security at outdoor gatherings like this with the boston bombers or could it be early warnings that were missed the perpetrators of this shooting in new orleans we don't know who they are but we do know that in the u.s. there's very little control over in whose hands guns end up guns are freely sold the gun shows and online and all of this makes people nervous about their safety at public events naturally. corresponding kind of right there from washington now the f.b.i. spokesperson has dismissed any allegations of terrorism but charlie mcgrath founder of why do i make news he says the bureau be so quick to jump to conclusions it's
obviously way too early you know i don't know how much faith that i would have in our f.b.i. you know night shots of people but they seem to you know they had indications of what was going on in boston we know now years before it occurred and the information they were getting from other countries and so people in the f.b.i. coming out saying it's really terror related not to related. you know what. it's not it's not something getting right. so joining us here on r t today turkey says it's urging the international community to act against its war torn neighbor syria blames the regime in damascus for saturday's double bombing of a turkish town that killed forty six though all the while syria denies involvement saying the attacks are usually being justified or try to justify that of foreign intervention more in this two artes paula. turkey has blamed the syrian president bashar assad for these bombings without having undergone any kind of investigation
what they have said is that syrian intelligence is to quote them the usual suspects now the difficulty turkish prime minister says that the organization and the members behind the attacks have been largely identified but what is worrying is that this does say it's a bad precedent to merely blame assad right away without giving any kind of proof or any kind of conclusive evidence as to why you say that nine people have been detained all of them are turkish citizens according to the turkish deputy prime minister and he has stressed that there be no links to the syrian opposition so it has denied that they are behind the attacks the syrian government issued a statement in which it said that we are saddened by the fall of martyrs in turkey in one way or another the turkish people are syrian brothers the north of syria is the region bordering turkey and that's where extremist opposition groups are particularly active what is unclear as of yet is how many of them could have in fact crossed over into turkey now the city where the explosion occurred has
received tens of thousands of refugees and it is possible that some of them already called elements there's no proof to say that they are there's no proof to say that they are not of these radical elements are setting up their own infrastructure and there are many groups among them such as be mistrust front and the salafist who've already done so we have been receiving reports that in aleppo for example there are reports of these some twenty rebel brigades operating and they've set up the machinery of government and justice in the quarters that they have taken over they've set up courts for example that are manned by lawyers and judges they've set up schools they say so that there's no vacuum in the administration and public institutions so you certainly do have this very worrying phenomena that there is a launch number of extremist elements that operating particularly along the turkish syrian border. and radical islamist groups have a vested interest in provoking foreign action in syria and could have all go straight into turkey bombings that's the view of middle east expert jeremy salt. we
know for a fact because because the main is the us fighting group in syria has admitted it's that al qaeda in iraq and a job. in syria are one in the same and all the fighting groups in syria is from us and they're all working tactically with up in austria so al-qaeda is in syria we know that that's not confirmed the smallest been suspect of them stops and so what we're seeing now is kind of charge and countercharge. as people try to put the blame for this on to someone else my kind of my my feeling about this is all just kind of guess would be that the party responsible is one of the groups because of anyone has a reason for trying to heat up the situation and dragon outside countries it would be them the fact is that the third one is going to washington this week and syria will be on top of the agenda and my feeling is that the take you won't do anything but so that if obama won't bite if he won't commit america to take
a more involved over syria i don't think that turkey will do anything and the issue here is what kind of evidence are they going to come up with will they come up with any evidence that's going to convince us that this in fact was an action carried out by the syrian intelligence service so there's a many many unknowns right now and most everything is going to depend on the outcome of the talks in washington but you know obama and. what we'd like to take your pulse on the issue of these deadly bombings in turkey if you had over to our web site r.t. dot com right now you can take part in our ongoing live worldwide poll right now who is behind the deadly bombings just across the turkish border from syria well we're now looking at a while but the voice of the majority getting louder and louder here on our young from ati dot com nearly half now saying it's the syrian rebels the syrian opposition who orchestrated the attack in order to pin the blame on damascus third now saying perhaps it was turkey itself behind the attacks that wanted to provoke some sort of military foreign intervention a joint third and fourth their third and last. barely ten percent they're saying
it's the assad government perhaps or even extremists with no motives in particular if you haven't got involved please do r.t. dot com is standing by for you the car should vote right now who is behind the deadly bombings in this turkish and syria border dispute let's get some more insight now from the deepening wral between ankara and damascus artie's were if an option or from the turkish syrian border. turkey shares its longest border with syria it's hard to imagine no but in two thousand and nine the two countries even held joint military drills across that frontier in what was a brief thaw in relations between the two well comically syrian and serbian turkish they are so close but it's really only the border that prevents them being a single city people had joked they could have dinner hand syria and coffee in turkey just by strolling through the gates you can see behind me but it's now closed and the relations between the two neighbors are strained like never been
changes came up to turkey joined the chorus of fellow you need to states and called for assad to step down immediately diplomatic political logistical support for the syrian opposition has made turkey one of syria's key foes there are numerous unconfirmed reports of weapons and ammunition smuggled into syria with the help of people on the side of the border either through airports or on land. or from. absence of any convention denial from the government given the government's policy. or what position. whole picture show. damascus has even accused of allowing the rebels to bring chemical weapons into country from this turkish militia at the syrian border you can see texas military base it's a well secured area with highly restricted access no civilians including
journalists are allowed to enter the un they also use a special access roads to get in and out that are also closed for no one military vehicles well if even if accusations of turkish involvement in supplying weapons to fighters in syria true it would be almost impossible to prove by supporting the opposition in syria turkey may pledged its loyalty to nato. but this has come at a price hundreds of thousands of desperate and greedy refugees are fleeing from the war zone making the security situation on the border as tense as ever we spend more than eight hundred million dollars for the syrian refugees so it's a huge number now they want jobs in in those cities so it is also somehow affecting the social stability in this region some say turkey is being used as a proxy by the western and gulf countries hostage to power that's forced to pull
the chestnut's out of the fire but there are those who approve of enterprise actions and think turkey should take advantage of that situation if the syrian regime it will be changing and i think it has lost its legitimacy and it has lost its political credibility with its own people that the syrian people will not blame turkey of having chosen the dictator in the period when they were suffering thirty feels that this region these close region balkans coco's a central asia and middle east is a priority region so we should be the. power which has influence in all the laws regions echoing these were the two recent reports by amnesty international and international crisis group global independent movements the documents reflect the concern by western and gulf partners over what they call
turkey's near ottoman imperial aspirations what these countries certainly don't want is their loyal ally who paid a high price for being a good team player starting to play for itself marie for national r.t. turkish syrian border. and i still to come here on arts here the depths of despair . when i went to the pharmacy to buy into. actions for my baby but i couldn't find any there's a problem with this sign these these days it may mean you no longer get the medicines you need join me tom blanton for more in just a few minutes. also i was starving for justice more than one hundred detainees at america's notorious kuantan of our bay facility continue their hunger strike now for a fourth month no sign of backing down. that
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could happen with us here on our recent show in moscow greece waiting for brussels to hand over the latest part of a massive two hundred forty billion euro rescue package that was agreed back in two thousand and ten greeks have been squeezed by painful austerity measures in order to meet the bowed out and while international lenders say athens has succeeded in bringing down the country's budget deficit and other figures show the greek economy is still in a tailspin he's making a caution about explain. it's been three years as greece was granted its massive bailout by international lenders since then the harshest thirteen measures have driven the kaname into the ground but some claim that the risk hope on the horizon
for gris and that it's about to turn a corner let's see now how greece's economy ferrous today compared to what it looked like in the last full year before it needed rescuing starting with the country's g.d.p. an indicator of the standard of living that's plummeted almost fifty billion euros in the last three years while government data has surged by forty five percent so where does the optimist stand while the good news these measures have improved the country's budget deficit three point eight percent to put that in perspective it's now very close to the they go so that's why the european union but for the greek people though is the most alarming trend is the unemployment rate that stopped twenty seven percent most of the country's youth and that's going to get worse four thousand civil servants are being laid off this year alone with the number is set to triple by the end of the next year one expert says no matter how the number is
set up now the money will still have to be repaid. this is. going to. better. thirty six will be a better value for sure instead of a better answer google or are you going to believe and during an astonishing six years of recession is also having a harrowing consequence so is science in greece which used to be the lowest rate in euro are rising rapidly mostly among the middle class troublingly people have taken their lives and public hanging or should. thing themselves or even self immolation while politicians and economists shuffle the figures as the people of greece spain the price with their livelihoods and their futures. the crisis in greece may have
led to a boost in suicides but it's also just as hard for the everyday joe to look after his basic health needs a correspondent tom barton has the report busy at the counter but pharmacists in greece these days are facing serious sort of jesus of medicine and they're worried. critical this year on. the way to the role what's going to be the. next day price controls and tight cash flows mean many drug companies won't supply them greasers health industry is denied profits and patients their medicines so for example if you came into the pharmacy with high blood pressure many doctors like to prescribe this medication but dealy says doesn't have enough of it so he has to give this instead and this it to ation is replicated with hundreds of medicines in hundreds of pharmacies across the country . but the charity doctors of the world in thessaloniki patient actuation does have
some docs who are all working on now i'm really afraid about the future because i have two small children no insurance and i just lost my job and they don't is quite as you know i came here because i don't have insurance and the money to pay for my parents some force to come and the situation will only get worse less. i went to the pharmacy why injections for my baby but i couldn't find any so now that i am unemployed i came here. forty five volunteer doctors a week battle with as many as two thousand monthly visits in this crowded space they rely on donations of medicine donations that are running from people who are very. very serious health problems such as they did this and don't know different problems they have to get their medicine. every month every day it's very serious for them not to have their meds if they do not they could die greeks aren't
surprised at any of this anymore they've seen crisis and austerity reach throughout their society this new think and makes things even here even more difficult than to put two. more strain on me known on the cornmeal strain of greece's economy on greek workers and now on greeks help worsening scars of a crisis that seems to cut of a deeper thomason r t. i for a more aware the greek economy is heading i'm now are joined live from athens by pena justice of terrorists a sociology lecturer at the university of the aegean are joining us live here in our to you so good to see you today sir the troika says greece has made progress in reducing its deficit is that perhaps the end of the day a brighter picture emerging well it is and it isn't. because in the reality what has been described as i mean rosemond in terms of budget deficits just their results or the continuing stock but payments from the part of the greek state
the greek state owes in what they meant more than eight billion euros just delays being thing contracts that innocent lives are now but now a recent international monetary fund my staple i'm sort of jump in there very quickly but it but a recent i.m.f. statement demanded that greece remain devoted one hundred percent to its austerity program to tell us this can the greeks endure it. no in no way that the i.m.f. demands that greece remains to go to a policy that will simply made even worse the humanitarian disaster we are already facing in which was this break your reports just before so what happens if i thin stars begin to fail to meet the terms of its ballot well the greek government tries to meet the nominal terms of the bailout agreements interest or budget cuts
or reducing the public investment or laying off or preparing for thousands of public servants and sex workers or making extremely dangerous decisions for example there are no money to charities for aids the tests for blood samples which is again the standard something really really dangerous so the greek government puts her the cost on greek society in order to remain within that terms of the bailout agreement reality bricks aside it simply bears the cost but this is in a way this is a death spiral for rick society but now we know that the greek prime minister is planning a four day visit to china this week is he looking for solutions perhaps outside of europe do you think. well there this is there
a new grand narrative from the part of the greek government that we're going to have investments in grades. but the problem is that even if some investments came to be these then you also comment of course in the sense that the british government has been a fairly sink. for the kinds of labor law all kinds of workers protection it has slats that was public and private sector day it is tending grease into specific economy jolt of no worker rights no environmental protection and the problem with this strategy to attract investors is let there's there's only going to be someone around the corner is going to offer even lower wages and this is simply a race to the bottom so i said i'd say you were alluding to just be these things invoking these emergency laws or you are just leading to a moment ago a loss to force strikers to work ahead of for example the plan teachers' strike
this week i will kind of how does that help the reputation of the greek government when they're invoking these emergency laws and forcing people to go back to work this is a very authoritarian move from the public redundant because it has issued similar mobilization orders for secondary education digits in the public school system even deferred they decided to stage a strike during the reverse the entry exams greek law and the greek or situation very explicitly that civil maybe laissez simply first little worse and natural disasters note parents of civil protest and it's it's really interesting to see that one of the legal experts that has insisted for many years on the i'm closer to melanie wells these emergency laws is meant other than the carrots. i mean is there is justice in the greek government was not done is
a. oh yeah it just doesn't get any better for the greeks as they continue to hope for the final installment of this massive multi billion euro bailout plan a just a terrorist to lecture at the university of the aegean a pleasure to have you on r t today thanks so much. thanks for joining us here on r.t. i despair is growing at america's guantanamo bay prison where detainees have been on a mass hunger strike now for more than three months and the military which runs the facility is force feeding many of the inmates to prevent them from starving to death in a protest was sparked by alleged mistreatment by guards and the indefinite detention without charge of many inmates more than half of the one hundred sixty six detainees at the site were cleared for release years ago but they still can't leave all of this due to legal hurdles on capitol hill and lawyers for the captives and activists worldwide are calling for action from washington as barack obama has still not kept his long running promise to shut down the prison. but i think it's
such a sham that we hear the president say that guantanamo should be closed he is the most powerful man in the entire world why can't he close guantanamo well he can the question really is why doesn't he call close guantanamo he is lacking the moral courage he is lacking the political will he blames congress but really he has the power to release those prisoners who've already been cleared for release demand a speedy and fair trial for the other ones and bring them into the united states and close down the shameful prison at the prison of guantanamo the force feeding seems to be a situation that is analogous to torture and this has been said by the american medical association and human rights experts they say that the way in which this is being done is so painful to the prisoners and those prisoners who
have had a chance to get messages out to their lawyers have described the terrible situation that they are in being strapped down for several hours having these tubes stuffed down their nose and into their stomach and it says they say it feels like a razor going down their bodies so this is another form of torture and these prisoners have already endured years of torture in the prison in guantanamo. and after a very short break here on oxy it's our adventure a james brown he's a tough one of the world's most dangerous job the hearts of coal is just around the corner.
the illusion of safety trumping you're right seems to be the main political theme of post nine eleven america and no one is pushing the keep you safe at any cost more than new york billionaire mayor michael bloomberg who recently had to defend his stop and frisk strategy after giving a speech to police brass stop and frisk is the practice of just being able to search anyone in new york at any time for any reason with your hands this gestapo style practice has been in place since two thousand and two but thankfully was finally recently found to be unconstitutional by a federal judge you know the fourth amendment all the talk about no unlawful search and seizure seems pretty clear to me why did this take so long to figure out bloomberg despite that silly constitution thing stands firm with his policy to occur and if you end street stops looking for guns they will be more guns on the street and more people will be killed it's just that simple well to that i would say if you stop nazi style first kings of random innocent people there will be more
freedom on the streets it's just that simple but that's just my opinion. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems. you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything you thought you. heard was a big check. it's the. one time of massive change stall in dreams of a modem industrial nation and he wants to fast but to do it he needs few.
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